Hatherleigh Carnival Day 8th Nov 2008 //-->
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Carnival 2008

Saturday Evening 8th November

The evening procession was marred by rain and the number of spectators was way down. In fact, until the procession started you'd have thought that no one was going to come (see some of the street scenes below). It tipped down during the assembly and judging period in the market - as you can see below - and one Carnival expert (Donald actually) told us that he'd never seen anything like it for Hatherleigh Carnival in his life before!

The rain and continued sporadically during the entire procession, stopping at times to let people lower their umbrellas only temporarily. Our photography was affected in several ways - umbrellas covered people and faces for example. It would have been better to stand at street level - except that cameras and water don't mix very well! The reflections off just about every surface didn't help. We also used a very fast ISO speed to try to balance the fast changing illumination intensities, which adds drama but in some cases produces a grainy effect. Colour balance was also more difficult. Ah well, another lesson learned!

As always, at these sizes the images sometimes look 'busy'. That's because there's so much detail in them. If you have prints done they will be far better, particularly at A4 size. Email me if you'd like some prints made.

Before the start

A disconsolate Guy in the George

The procession leaves the market to assemble in Park Road

Gone for a Wii perhaps?

This float presumably felt at home?

The procession leaves the top of Market St, led by the Band and Torches
The floats begin to return



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